Google Requesting Business Licenses For Maps Verification

Apr 27, 2012 • 8:31 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps

Google Business LicenseA Google Places Help thread has confirmation from Google that Google may request to see your business license as verification to post your listing in Google Maps.

A person who places a request to be listed in Google Places asked:

I received an email from They are requesting a scanned copy of my business license. They sent the request to my business email and not to the email I used to create my listing. I just want to know if this is a legitimate request and not some scam.

Google representative, Vanessa, responded that this request is indeed from Google. Vanessa said, "Just to confirm: Yes, that request is from the Google Places support team. "

This is the first case I have seen Google request business documentation for verification in the Google Places directory.

Is this Google going overboard or just a situation where Google has no other way to verify this business?

Forum discussion at Google Places Help.

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Christy Marie Parker

04/27/2012 02:35 pm

Wow, I have set up a lot of Google places listings and have never had them ask for a copy of the business license.

Linda Buquet

04/27/2012 03:16 pm

This was a unique situation due to a very specific issue that does not come up often.  They don't do it often at all, so don’t worry it's not the new 'norm'.

Daniel Hollerung

04/27/2012 03:52 pm

Thanks for the clarity Linda. Your insight is always appreciated.

Michael Dorausch

04/27/2012 04:02 pm

I like it Barry, I like it a lot.

Nyagoslav Zhekov

04/27/2012 05:46 pm

Hey Linda, I couldn't understand what the problem with this particular business was. Could you elaborate on what you've learned about the case?

Linda Buquet

04/27/2012 06:13 pm

Nyag, it's in the private TC forum so you can find it there. Since I'm under NDA don't know if I can post it here.  But it was NOT a big deal and again, fairly unique and would not come up very often.

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